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the so-called american citizen al awlkai. he was a u.s. citizen you. might not like the guy but he was a u.s. citizen. feinstein said it's no big deal that we killed them and if you knew what we know. yeah, why don't you share. why don't you ask john bran anyone who's in front of you going to be the next head of the c.i.a. if you vote for him, what evidence did you have to kill awlkai and his 16-year-old son in a different strike, who is also a u.s. citizen. there are no coincidences. we killed him and another u.s. citizenual with him in a separate strike, we accidentally happened to kill someone else in his family, a 16-year-old, also a u.s. citizen. those questions didn't get asked. asked who made the decision to execute a 16-year-old u.s. citizen, was it you or someone else? >> weirdly the u.s. senators were polite and did not ask. they asked interesting questions including this question. >> i never believe it's better the to kill a terrorist than to detain him. we want to detain as many terrorists as possible to elicit the intelligence from them to stop terrorist attacks. we on
basically revealed yes, we're executing u.s. citizens without a trial and due process. did we mention that one of them was a 16-year-old boy? >> well initial reports describe him as a 20 something militant with al-qaeda, he was 16 years old and there is no public evidence he was a member of the al-qaeda network in yemen. >> you're not going to be surprised to find i'm a little outraged on that. >> there was a shooting in 2005 in at a coma washington, the man shot five times in a wheelchair company now. we're going to talk to him about it. if you think you know what he's going to say, you don't. tune in for that. it's going to be a real interesting conversation. >> every time, it's here we go again. >> it stirs up old feelings. >> i'm annoyed. people are embracing evil, and i've never understood that. >> the story of a woman who was raped in our military and the incredible lack of justice she received. her husband's going to be on the show to talk about it, too a powerful show. it's go time. >> cenk: we start with a story that's got my blood boiling the drone program. the white house c
the ridiculous drone strikes on u.s. citizens without a trial. president obama, as soon as the law allowed. i would close gitmo, send everyone in there to a maximum security prison in colorado where we have nickels who was part of oklahoma city bombing where we have the union in uni bomber and the original world trade center bombing terrorist. i think we are strong enough, and we will do it, and i challenge you to defy me. speaking of defying him, one final thing. we have a consumer financial protection bureau. the republicans say we're going to block him. we won't let you get him confirmed. if i was president obama i'd say hey listen. that's easy enough. underneath richard cordray i'm going to nominate neil bar ox vs confident y. he was inspector general for tarp, and he's got no love lost for these banks that are doing out of control risk with our money. you want to get rid of court ray, that problem. you want to get rid of barovsky? i'll put in dennis kucinich. that's how you do a strong state of the union. president obama will enter tonight, shake a lot of hands my guess is his speech wil
, but don't worry, u.s. coal companies are getting in on the act too. >> jennifer: pollution readings in beijing, china were the worst on record last month. they advised the elderly, children and people with respiratory to just stay in doors. the air was so bad it was literally off of the charts. the air quality index maxes out at 500. in the chinese capitol, the reading hit a whopping 755. a major culprit behind the toxic smog was coal. china is the largest consumer of coal. and its appetite for coal isn't waning any time soon. it currently has 620 coal-fired power plants with another 363 coal fired power plants in the works. coal is of course among the dirtist of fossil fuels. here is a dirty little secret some of this coal comes from america, and if big coal has its way, there will be much more en route to asia. the u.s. coal industry is currently campaigning hard to ramp up the amount of coal that we export. they are hoping to bill five new ocean terminals in washington and oregon where u.s. coal would be shipped abroad to china and india. those terminals would
to destroy. >> today the u.s. government filed charges against the agencies of standard & poor's for its role in the 2008 economic cries. s & p rates investments. when they give an investment a high rating it's considered a low risk. even the most conservative investors like pension funds feel confident buying that product. well the justice department allegeses that s & p knowingly gave high rates to toxic bad mortgages that s & p knew were risky because s & p wanted more business from the banks that createed those purposefully risky bad bundles. that's right. they said the agency, they're getting paid by the very banks they're evaluating. a little conflict of credit? >> s & p misled investors including federally insureed financial institutions causing them to lose billions of dollars. >> going after the credit rating agencies have been a long time in coming. they've called it code made alchemy. they've been doing it for three years and during that time s & p turned over 100 million pages of documents including e-mails between employees and some damaging information has come from those e-mail
by e-mail, it is completely wrong. the u.s. postal service is not the victim of e-mail and text messages. it is the victim of alec and the koch brothers. why, you ask? quite simple, really. the usps is the number one employer of unionized labor in the united states and provides an affordable universal service that a private company could and would charge us all much, much more for. two huge no-nos for the right wing. the reason the right wing crafted the legislation to destroy the postal service. we're joined now by nationally and internationally syndicated radio host the brilliant thom hartmann who wrote an incredible piece about this very subject for truth out.org called the usps media hashtag fail. >> great to be with you. >> john: please complain what the postal accountability enhancement act is and what its effects have been. >> well, you know, there were some reasonable and some good changes in that act which is -- as far as i can tell, how it got out of the house government oversight committee henry waxman and other democrats basically signing of on it. it was passed by a
cyberinfrastructure. now a report ties the chinese government to dozens of cyberattacks on u.s. banks government agencies and other industries. abc has the details from washington. >> reporter: the cyberattacks have hit some of the largest u.s. constitutions, banks, military contractors and energy companies. and a new report from an u.s. cybersecurity firm points the finger at the chinese government. this nondescript office in shanghai is believed headquarters for a chinese army unit. the chinese government and military deny the accuindications butaccusationsbut there is skepticism. >> they're not going to allow this amount of hacking without controlling it. >> reporter: 100 organizations and companies were hacked, including coca-cola. how does this type of international hacking affect average americans? u.s. investigators say this amounts to economic he espionage it could cost countless americans jobs. >> there is no question about it. cyberwarfare cyberattacks, cybertheft are the future. >> reporter: today the white house would not comment directly on the report. >> we have repeatedly raised o
>> cenk: you'll see more rage more about the execution of u.s. citizens without a trial. we have a whole other show coming up later tonight. theyoungturks.com. we'll see you there. "viewpoint" is next. >> john: when it came to toxic investments, they set the standard for making it. colonel mahoney has been relieved of his duties but does hope he can protect pedophiles in the private sector. eric says obama is getting in the way of partisanship which is like chris brown saying frank ocean got in the way of his first. today is the birthday of adlai stevenson, laura linney and the one and only jennifer granholm and an earthquake pummeled pompeii, italy. john boehner promises a vote on their relief funds any day now. this is "viewpoint." >> john: good evening i'm john fuglesang. coming up, the rating agencies help blow up our economy now the doj goes after one about four years too late. l.a.'s catholic archdiocese can't take the cover off habit and we'll find out how the mayor who liked to ask how am i doing actually did. first, if you've ever wondered how president obama's legal tea
to that and then we'll come back and talk about it. >> i just want to note on this, there are district attorneys and u.s. attorneys who are out there every day squeezing ordinary citizens on sometimes very thin grounds, and taking them to trial in order to make an example, as they put it. i'm really concerned that too big to fail has become too big for trial. that just seems wrong to me. cenk: so david look, if we said this in washington d.c., that power establishment doesn't hold itself accountable under any circumstances but will crush the average guy, you'd get laughed out of the room, saying oh oh, come on, that's so conspirator yell, you're case dawg. is elizabeth warren right there's two standards depending whether you're rich and powerful. >> she's exactly right. we can see that on the hsby bank in which the u.s. government let off this huge bank doing business with criminals, drug cartels and terrorists, and the justice department, the obama justice department essentially let that bank off the hook without a single prosecution of an executive, without prosecuting the company as a whole settling
because you can't be all together that happy with u.s. policies towards palestinian considering the wall that you're against etc. and here you are in the united states you may get an oscar. i would be excited. how do you reconcile these two things. >> yes i'm very excited. my son is very excited to come to the united states, and to come to be in this historic day. what happens to me in the los angeles airport reminds me where i live and where i come from because i get this in my country from israeli army, israeli occupation every day. we are under many pressures in our homes. so you know, i know this treatment. it's like a reminder, this reminds me of what happens to me in my home. >> cenk: so tell me why the movie is called "five broken cameras" and what you were covering? >> "five broken cameras" is a film about my experience, my point of view, it's about me. my story the peaceful existence in the village about my friends and the daily life in the village. it's a long period of shooting, about seven years. i was following the events of the village and following my life, my family growi
until 1995 and still hadn't gotten around to notifying the u.s. archivists which would have made it official. so wtf mississippi! are you guys aware that ratifying the ban on slavery was a major touchstone in u.s. history? not some shore like moving up from 49th to 50th in education. seriously? wtf? you as a state have made some great contributions to our culture like william faulkner. and -- all right william faulkner is the only one i can think of. elvis was born there so was orp ra. in the year of our lord 2013, you're having a hard time keeping up with mid 19th century. you, mississippi are a part of our nation. we would be happy to have you along for this whole united states of america thing that we got going. >> john: our tweet of the day is from barry us who is i can only assume is a cranky doctor. he tweeted the keystone pipeline will carry foreign oil across the u.s. to be shipped to foreign refineries. what's not to love? good point. all the pipeline will do is self-deport crude oil to foreign lands while ruining our land in the process. kind of a win-win. if you have a
don't do much for poor people around the world but with a small amount of money by u.s. standards, do you think a lot of good in africa. all of those programs will be cut. so you know, what matthew 25 says is that when the man comes in judgment at the end of time and nations are judged, the question that we'll be asked as a nation is what did you do for hungry people? what did you do for people who didn't have enough to eat or didn't have something to wear? so i do think that the decision about the national budget. this is a tough decision. it is not a trivial decision. but figuring out how to cut back, how to reduce our deficit without hurting people who are having a hard time feeding their kids is important to our national character. on the positive side, i guess -- rather than sort of judgmental thing, i just think that you know, most people have had some sort of experience where they feel like they've been blessed by god. and if you had that experience, you want to help people who are struggling. there are a lot of people struggling in this economy. we ought to be able to solve th
and hundreds of innocent women men and children who have been killed by u.s. drones. so dianne feinstein and the obama administration can stand up all they want and say that civilian deaths are in the single digits. the rest of the world and independent facts prove that's a falsehood. >> john: brennan told senator wyden, democrat of oregon, there was a misimpression out there that drone strikes are used to punish terrorists. i don't know who had that impression but brennan insisted the c.i.a. sends in the drones only as a last resort to save lives when no other alternative is available. knowing what we now know about how they define the word imminent, is any of that true? >> none of that is true. remember that the obama administration has drastically increased the number of drone attacks as compared to what it was even at the height of what the bush administration was calling the war on terror. even government friendly think tanks like the new america foundation have said something like 2% of the drone strikes actually are targeting or end up killing high-level al-qaeda members. what you
bernanke is printing dollars up a storm and that is lowering the value of the u.s. dollar and that means that oil goes up. >> no, idiot! ugh! >> then everything would be affected! >> once again -- >> stephanie: the feds making gas prices go -- i've never heard that. [ applause ] >> i'm an american. i'm appalled. what is ben bernanke doing? >> stuart varney has no idea how the economic system works. no wonder fox business is tanking. just saying. >> get you to invest in trillion dollar platinum coins. better than -- >> stephanie: wow. you're going to try that again? remember newt gingrich ran with the gas push thing? that was his prop for his campaign. i should have asked him if he had one of those left over when i ran into him at the charlotte airport. can i have one of those things? don't you have one of chose khashkies? >> acting as if gas prices go up simultaneously everywhere in the country. they don't! they've been consistently higher out here. >> we're switching over to the summer blend pretty soon. >> stephanie: it is like starbucks christmas blend. okay. mark he will vin because
of our u.s. senators have been urging obama to sign the permit. they don't care about what it's going to do to the climate. later, we'll talk about the financial aspects of this. michael hastierings, you ever more on this story. it's a little ridiculous. >> it's a 1700-mile pipeline. it's been delayed a number of times now but the governor of nebraska has just signed off on it, and now the fate of it rests in president obama's hands and people in nebraska are not happy about it. there's already been protests trying to stop it. >> from native american drums to grassroots speaking out gems the oil pipeline, taking they are fight to the state capitol. >> everybody takes it for granted, water. we can't take it for granted. if a drop of oil gets in there there goes our water. >> transcanada wants to build it to the gulf of mexico, passing through nebraska. a state evaluation finds the new route still passes over the action i didn't fer but avoids the sand hills, one of the reasons why the governor approved the project. >> we're always concerned about a spill but they made assurances in tha
snipers in u.s. history. he once shot a target more than a mile away. he was a highly decorated navy seal, seven medals of bravery. >> michael hastings joins us with this segment as well. when you read in kyle's history you read that he had five tours in iraq. there are reports that he killed as many as 160 people. what are your thoughts on this story? >> i think it's very much laudatory that he was trying to help a 25-year-old veteran with ptsd. kyle had great success with his book. he became somewhat of a celebrity in the military community, and he was trying to use that in a positive way bringing a kid out to a shooting range. i know people might think that's odd, why would you take someone with ptsd to a range and around gunfire. there were people who would go back in the war zone to relive the experience but instead have a positive result at the end of it. there are different things that people are trying to do to combat those things and it sound like that's what they were trying to do in this case. >> did you know chris kyle at all? >> no, i reached out to him when i did a story on
in the u.s. immigrants in this country right now are often exploited by their employers or paid at lower wages than they should be. they are not given the benefits they should be. it gives them a path at work and raises their wages, which is good for everybody in the labor movement. >> jennifer: you are at a conference, and immigration reform is probably one of the subjects that you are talking about, does the uaw or labor in general have outreach programs to enlist new immigrants? >> we're very strongly in favor of immigration reform as a path to citizenships. we run into immigrants that are great workers and work hard and they should be treated equally. in the auto industry we do a lot of international work and the economies that are not moving forward, in both cases they have really strong restrictions on immigration. and immigrants pay payroll taxes, social security taxes, sales taxes. they put much more into the system than they ever take out. so it's a question of fairness a question of how we strengthen american workers and protect the dignity and rights of the
chinese military is sponsoring hackers who are stealing company secrets from the u.s. and that it's giving them an upper hand in the business sense. there is other kind of hackers action experts will say the hackers from eastern europe and russia are more interested into hacking into bank accounts and using that for, you know, cyber crime and more of a, you know, stealing money from credit cards and such. the chinese almost say they are more interested in taking documents. withe about -- everything is so technology depend ant these days. air traffic controller system. you think about our transportation systems, the electric grid. you can go on and on. a hacker -- could a hacker get into those systems and shut them down? >> that's absolutely what the obama administration is continuing to warn about. during the state of the union address last week, the president mentioned that. again, the possibility that a hacker with the click of a mouse could should down part of the power grid and turn off the lights. >> how do we fight against this? last year, atte
that the u.s. government can order the killing of american citizens if they are believed to be senior operational leaders of al-qaeda or an associated force -- here's the key line -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the united states. so that policy is that we believe justice department is saying it is perfectly legal to use drones, not just to go out and kill people that we think might some day plan an attack against the united states who are not friendly to the united states. but also to kill americans anywhere on the planet whom we think are traitors or may some day, plan something against the united states even if there is no evidence that they are now engaged in an active plot. raises the whole question about drone warfare. i'm torn about it because it's a different kind of warfare. i mean, certainly, i would like to know what you think about this. 1-866-55-press. the problem i believe is we've got this technology. we are using it. we are using it more than anybody has ever used it before. i mean i forget how many -- you kno
to send a drone to kill an american citizen overseas when "an informed high-level official of the u.s. government has determined." what i've been trying to find out and i tried to ask jay carney at the briefing, i did not get called on. who are we talking about here? who is this informed high-level official of the u.s. government? is it the director of the c.i.a.? is it the secretary of defense? is it the president? who is it? do you know? >> no. i think the assumption has always been it is the president. >> bill: so he himself would put a check alongside of every american that we wanted to kill saying -- go for it. >> "the new york times" and "the washington post" in reporting how this killing program operates says that the decisions are ultimately made by the president. it is his order. but what this is saying is that informed high-level official, that sounds like bureaucrats are making the decision. >> bill: could be some mid-level guy out in mclean in c.i.a. headquarters. >> that's right. that's one of the many questions that john brennan should be asking -- asked today by the sen
think about that, bring you up to date. john brennan was grilled by members of the u.s. senate yesterday about drones. ron wyden, senator ron wyden from oregon will tell us all about that hearing. no sooner did ray lewis retire from the ravens than his sond signed up to play for the university of miami. we will talk to sports blogger cindy borin from the washington post. a lot to get to, as we say, and we will, but first, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama is speaking at the armed forces farewell tribute today in honor of defense secretary lienon panetta. he will be at joint base myer henderson at 4:00 this afternoon. this is the formal goodbye for panetta stepping down from his position. yesterday, he testified over the attacks in benghazi where he revealed there was no advanced warning for those attacks. he said that factor plus the time and distance involved prevented the u.s. military from reaching the consulate before four ameri
that they will allow the congress to look at the decisions they're making before they execute u.s. citizens without a trial. now. >>> on to mixed news, and we've got an interesting case. the old interior secretary was ken salazar, not a big fan. i felt that he favored industry far too much. the new one is sally jewel, who has just been appointed by president obama, of course, pending confirmation. this is a very important position because it controls and maintains thousands of acres gas production, coal production all come from those lands. it's a very important industry situation and public land and resources as well. she's the first woman appointed by obama in his second term to his cabinet. who is she? well, she is an engineer for mobile oil corporation. she was the parole yum egg engineer at raini er bank, and head of commercial banking at washington mutual. she was in banking for 20 years. and she was vice chairman of national park conservation, which is good news, and ceo at rei, which is pretty environmental at this conscious. this is pretty good as well. they said this energy background cou
is not getting any health benefits from the u.s. military. outrageous. then we'll go inside the fiscal cliff to tell what you happened. >> he said i'm giving you $100 billion in tax revenue what do i get for it? the president said nothing. >> all right new front line documentary on that great new information. and then dorner, the man they're doing the manhunt for here in los angeles. >> i'm going to look in these allegations again. we're going to reopen the investigation and take a look at what--at all the facets of that investigation. >> i know it's a good story but i'm glad to see "magnum p.i." coming over from hawai'i to do that investigation. >> i believe everyone in america believes this moment when we got bin-laden. >> obama: tonight i can report to the people of america and to the world that our operations killed owe sam bin. sow sam bin-laden. no americans were killed. they killed osama bin laden and took custody of his body. >> cenk: we know who the shooter s and we know he has left the military after 16 years of service, and we also know he will not be getting any benefits in terms
republic where we have a president and a congress who seem to think it's ok to add u.s. citizens to assassination lists, and take not only them out, but their 16-year-old sons who are also u.s. citizens, if they think that it's ok that we send drones over, you know, president obama ther night in the state of the union got this great applause for saying we're finally bringing our troops back home. he didn't say anything about the fact that we're continuing the drone war program, the killings of thousands of people, many of the vast majority of them innocent civilians men women and children creating so much more hatred toward the united states. cenk: i think you're absolutely right about that. we talk about it on "the young turks" all the time. the problem is in my experience, people don't actually take to the streets unless it concerns them. when you talk about the drone program, it rates anywhere between 83% to 55% depending on how you ask the question, but it's very popular. why? because they're not the ones getting droned. in vietnam there were huge protester because people wer
of houston ranks 10th of u.s. stiffs in crime, the 10th high effort crime city in the country behind detroit, baltimore memphis philadelphia. we move then to see he what the breakdown of the crime is in houston, and we see things that are frightening. 10,719 violent crimes, 105 murders, 332 rapes. over 4,000 robberies. firearms were used in two thirds of the reported murders in 2011 in houston. it makes you think ok, well, firefirearms are used in two thirds of those murders maybe it would be a good idea to take the firearms off the street. kyle copeland is a graduate student at the university of houston in houston texas and has an idea. we're going to let the abc affiliate tell us about it. >> to protect themselves and their homes web offers up free shotguns like this. it's all through the non-profit called the armed citizens profit. the free shotguns will be purchased with donations to his non-profit and given to law abiding single women and people who feel vulnerable in crime-ridden areas. they will pinpoint neighborhoods eligible for the shotgun give away with police statistics. the chie
on u.s. nuclear policy. that came in for some tough detroitcriticism and you worked with senator chuck hagel. what kind of defense secretary do you think he would be? >> i think he would an superb defense secretary. he has made clear in these hearingshearings under difficult circumstances that he's mainstream and he supports what the president sports--supports. i think he has carefully calculated and honest views in how and what we should be proceeding in the world. we are part of it. we clearly need a defense second to none in this particular issue. but we also have to be thoughtful about how we move ahead. i think he's conscious as we all are of the fact that expenditures are going to go down in the days ahead and he will be called upon to make difficult judgments for the president. i have every confidence from my knowledge of him that he will give the president the correct and proper adjustment. >> you called him a man of independent judgment. it seems that's what he was being punished for up on capitol hill. do you think that they were pillaring on him a bit? >> i think they were b
of them male already oppose moving this legislation anywhere in the u.s. senate. >> that's absolutely right john. in fact, the good news is that all of the republican women senators, except one, deb fisher, and all of the democrat democratic senators have signed on as cosponsors. i will say this, eric cantor we moved him enough to where he's beginning to change his rhetoric rhetoric. that's clearly not enough. he needs to change his policies. we know what the republican leadership is doing right now is they're doing what amounts to a head fake. they want to pursue their extremist policies but dress up the policies in nicer language, less extremist language. women are not fooled. and when it comes to the violence against women act men are with us. the voters will not be fooled. it will be interesting to see what happens in the next election cycle. >> john: sarah palin saw that, and it involved lipstick and pork, i believe. we'll be watching this legislation closely. thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> john: pat robertson has weighed in on gays in the boy scouts and his opinion i
the u.s. personnel in benghazi, now threatening to hold up the confirmation unless the administration answers more questions on that attack. >> no confirmation without information. this is complete system failure and i'm going to get to the bottom of it. >> now that might have been the craziest turn in the story but former vice president dick cheney criticized the president's choice of foreign policy leaders. he told a group of wyoming republicans: >> cheney should know from sect rate people, because dick cheney is now criticizing someone else's foreign policy team. i give you the least self aware political figure in modern history. while reports last week that he might withdraw his nomination, his brother said today: >> joining me now is another man who keeps fighting, michael tomasky, coming to us from washington d.c. thanks for being here in the war room. >> my great pleasure. hi. >> hi, by the way, you are now the official answer to who is the first get since the trivia question is going to be asked many times the first guest that i had on the war room. >> fugelsang doesn't count
clinton was acquitted by the u.s. senate in his impeachment trial. 13 house republicans prosecuted him but only one of those congressmen ever made it to the senate after spending millions of taxpayer dollars in a failed partisan effort to humiliate and destroy a democratic president. that man's name? lindsey graham. here's "viewpoint." [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> john: good evening, i'm john fugelsang, coming up in just over an hour president obama will deliver his fifth state of the union address to a politically polarized audience outside capitol hill and their polarized representatives and senators under the capitol dome. now current tv will be covering the speech in its entirety, and i'll be back to break it down with panel include current's cenk uygur and. michael shure. tonight the president is expected to focus on policies to create more jobs, heal the ailing economy and rebuild the middle class. he's expected to call for compromise, and talk about searching for common ground, with republicans who deny the possibility of either. so long as mr. obama's in office. >> another litany
new postnewport news press. thank you. it seems that every industry is mobilizing. the u.s. travel agency is saying long wait at airport security lines, around that may be the tip of the iceberg. in the words of the jeff free man, this could turn into a travel nightmare. and jeff free man joins us on the phone right now. he comes to us from washington tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> michael: thank you for taking the time. jeff what is your nightmare scenario with this sequester? >> i think most of our opinions here are not ours, frankly. they're formed by the government. the government is putting out the information that is "t" is predicting tsa wait times exceeding one hour. us custom wait times that could rise up to two to three hours furloughing air traffic control officials, which could lead to more delayed flights. air travel already in this country is not as efficient and commutercustomer-friendly as it needs to be and it could discourage people from traveling. >> michael: now your industry is an industry that lobbies all the time what is the difference now when you l
and a departure of biden. let's go over to korea, they're conducting nuclear tests, what can the u.s. do in that space that hasn't already been done, and is this an opportunity for us to to engage china? >> well, it's a tough opportunity. north korea i think we have to keep a couple of things in mind. we obviously need to respond in some way. they can't be allowed to get away with this. they didn't kill anybody but nuclear tests are not acceptable in the modern world. the idea that i'm trying to think there is whether any additional sanctions that we try to impose on them should be temporary on the condition that they not test again. the idea being that you would like kim jung-un this new 30-year-old leader to get a chance to establish himself. maybe he needed to allow the nuclear test to please the hard linessers. maybe he felt inexperienced to quickly take on the hard liners. i'm not necessarily saying that he's a reformer but we want to allow that possibility down the road. a punishment that is firm but temporary may be the way to break out of this logjam, and china may go along with
that because you're going to be going up the u.s.-- >> john: drones? >> yes artillery pieces tanks i don't know. f 102s, something bigger than that. >> john: i will have a right to tanks and anthrax, go on please. >> so sensible regulations on assault weapons are really not going to change the odds one way or another in the coming showdown between your local militia and the u.s. army. >> john: you have a quote in the article that i believe you'll catch heat for. quote, i believe the ideology of libertarianism with its twin gods of market and mangum are not just bankrupting us, it's killing us. if that is the case how do we push back on that ideology? >> let's go back and think about it. it's a really interesting situation where we're just coming out of this financial crisis. i wrote the book about the financial crisis, the tea party movement and reaction. pity the billionaire where you have a financial disaster brought about by deregulation. what do they say? bring more deregulation. get completely out of the picture, and everything will be fun. that's the same with the guns. massacre after mas
it does seem logical to ignore or deny the role it played in u.s. counter-terrorism and practice. she said as for what i personally believe i think osama bin laden was found due to ingenious detective work. torture was employed in the early years of the hunt. that doesn't mean it was the key to finding bin laden. it was a part of the story we couldn't ignore. >> again. but she -- but by twisting it enough to say that torture led to -- in any way to bin laden either again either we need to know if that's true or we need to know that -- or she's just trying to cover her ass. she has another reason for covering her ass and that is -- i do think there's something a little bit outrageous about there being a congressional investigation or at least an investigation, what information she was given and how does that square with what the congress was told. i mean, you know, if you're going to do that, you may as well go to argo and say i don't think the iranians were rushing down the runway after the plane at the end as they show in the movie. you know. that's not part of the story either. so she's
makes the decision is, quote, an informed, high-level official of the u.s. government, which doesn't tell us much. who is that? is that the secretary of defense? is it the cia director? is it the national security advisor? is it the president of the united states? the vice president? we don't know. so this topic really dominated the briefing yesterday. jay carney insisted on every level, we are doing the right thing. >> we have acknowledged to the united states that sometimes we use remotely piloted aircraft to conduct targeted al-qaeda terrorists in order to present attacks on the united states and save american lives. we couple conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing threats t and save american lives. these strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> legal, ethical and wise and jay carney says here is the legal authority we are talking about. >> also takes his responsibility in conducting the war against al-qaeda as authorized by congress in a way that is fully consistent with our constitution and all of the
tagg romney has been elected to the u.s. senate for massachusetts. [ laughter ] >> you heard it hear first, dickmorris..com.org.net. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: okay, michelle malkin. >> out here in the real word the medical device tax is causing layoffs across the country, the fact that so many people who were intending to go into medicine are no longer going into medicine. and the fact that so many small businesses doctors who were individual practitioners are either bailing and retiring all together or going into concierge care. people are shutting down their practice as they used to be constituted, dropping insurance all together, where now only the wealthiest can pay for care. congratulations obamacare heck of a job. >> stephanie: wow. first of all that's michelle malkin talking about brain drain on fox. secondly, there are no more doctors. >> yeah, it's going to be hysterical when we talk about obamacare, because it's so close, october of this year you'll be able to enroll in obamacare, and the moment the first applications come in collectively the righ
place from the u.s. capitol at 9:00 eastern tonight. we're expecting to focus on quite a few issues including immigration, gun safety, same-sex marriage equality and of course, the economy. gun violence though is the big question here. not whether or not he'll address it because of course, he will. but which aspects he will choose to talk about and how much the issue will dominate the night. we know about 30 house democrats are bringing victims of gun violence as their guests tonight. and so are other members of the administration. all in all, we can expect 120 of tonight's attendees to have a pass by gun violence. gabby giffords and her husband mark kelly, will be in the audience. one other thing to watch for tonight is the obama rubio dynamic. rubio is slated to give the g.o.p. response to president obama's state of the union so this is really rubio's time to shine. he is the fastest-rising republican star for the party in years and tonight is his chance to impress millions of voters who have not yet formed an opinion on him. but there's also the immigration issue to consider. bot
from politico and u.s.a. today to round it out on this friday morning, yes, the republicans blocking the nomination of chuck hagel as they threaten to do. they did it successfully etted yesterday for the time being. but first, this is the full court press. >> om this friday, other headlines making news, president obama did what any good man would do for valentine's day. took his wife out to dinner. >> i thought you didn't celebrate valentine's day. >> not any good man except myself. i had franks and beans on the couch in front of the t.v. f it was perfect. i love it. a little mustard. >> come on. get with your thing here? >> what? he asked. >> bill: i don't want to hear about franks and beans i want to hear about obama and where did they go for dinner? >> i am about to tell you if you stop interrupting me. this is my two minutes. >> bill: oh oh. this show. >> we want to critically acclaimed jose andre's mini bar. it only takes six people per seating, not too far from the white house. no word on what they ate yet, but 20-course meals there. >> mini.
of an entrances to the u.s. embassy in ankara. it's unclear whether they were u.s. nationals but the french news agency afp has identified them as embassy security guards. police say the bomber was able to make it inside a security checkpoint at the entrance. turkey, an important u.s. ally in the region sharing borders with iraq syria and iran. we will keep you updated as more details emerge. president obama could pick colorado lieutenant governor joe garcia to lead the labor department following labor secretary hilda solis. a source told reuters yesterday. solis announced her plans to resign earlier this month. dar see -- garcia is a president of the publiceblo campus. he would bring racial diversity to president obama's staff. obama getting some criticism for not having enough of that this term. >>> a new report shows mitt romney's presidential campaign quietly donated employed $90,000 to the red cross in late november. >> that's about one month after hurricane sandy hit the east coast. those filings came in last night and also showed some big payments to the co
adding it is a violation of several u.n. security council resolutions and a threat to u.s. and international security. according to the north korean state media the nation set off a device underground at a northeastern test site. experts say north korea is working to build weaponry small enough to fit on long-range missiles and north korea is calling its test a first response to u.s. hostility. >> the senate armed services committee is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of chuck hagel today as our nation's next secretary of defense. the vote is likely to come down to 14-12 a split along party lines with republicans against. some want to oppose the nomination, but doesn't look like republicans have support for a filibuster. harry reid is said to want a full vote by tomorrow or thursday. tonight is the president's state of the union address. i'll have more on what to watch for, who's going to be there and whether or not the speech really matters. we're back after the break. stay with us. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we cou
to the last caller whenever he was talking about the drone initiative. let me just say this. i'm a u.s. sailor, retired. disabled veteran. and it kills me that folks who have never been in the military want to talk about how we conduct business. >> stephanie: right. thomas i've gotten a lot of e-mails and calls with the same point basically that the military's going to use whatever tools they have at their disposal to save lives. most soldiers say it saves a lot of american soldiers' lives. >> caller: that's what it's supposed to do. >> stephanie: tom what i'm saying is i get the point as americans, we don't care about civilian casualties. we do. we always historically have. it is not wrong that it troubles people right? >> caller: right. it's not wrong but in the same sense, whenever you go to yemen and you teach people how to kill us you commit an act of treason. you get put on that list. and to make another point see it took our president two years to find osama bin laden. george bush and dick cheney and rumsfeld, we had him in afghanistan. then they called us off. but like the last caller
opinion on chuck hagel's long-awaited confirmation saying the u.s. has the secretary that our troops deserve. it was close but lawmakers did confirm hagel 58 to 41. he is scheduled to be sworn in today. that means hagel now heads into office with a list of challenges ahead. first up, the sequester hits friday friday. without a deal, the defense department is facing about $46,000,000,000 in cuts before the end of september. that means hundreds of thousands of furloughed civilians and cuts that will affect military equipment and ness. hagel will also need to deal with getting the troops out of afghanistan and compromising with republicans. that last part won't come easy. texas senator john cornyn has made it clear hagel is taking office with the least amount of support as any defense secretary in modern history. we will be right back. 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy.
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hearing was it as informative as the one following the nine u.s. embassies consulate attacks hash tag never mind. there's just no context. nine u.s. embassies in consulate attacked during bush. if you want to go back further into context in an 18-month period when reagan was president, three separate u.s. embassies or barracks were attacked in beirut. over 300 americans were killed. not just the marines but others. >> stephanie: right. >> 18 months. after the third one reagan campaigned in iowa the next day. reporters asked him did you think about not campaigning today. he said no. we need to campaign today. so you know, the double standard throughout history is so glaring and there were no hearings, of course, during the bush years when embassies and consulates were attacked. >> most upset about benghazi are the people who voted for -- for embassy security. >> and -- the republican party -- everyone forgets about this now. that try to block the 9-11 commission investigation. dick cheney was on the phone with daschle, with democrats saying this investigation is not going to happen. >>
times that two other companies combined yesterday, and then of course we had american airlines and u.s. air -- >> i think it was mcdonald's and burger king if i read twitter right yesterday. >> bill: yes that was a hoax. >> on the sequester we're taking comments on twitter @bpshow. mkw says sequester is happening because the super wealthy don't want to invest more in america. democrats are willing to compromise. and we talked about how colorado is welcoming pot tourism to their state. don griffith says in a way the new pot laws in colorado will save a lot of people money on trips to amsterdam. >> bill: there you go. grown in america smoked in america. nancy where did the sequester come from? who's idea was it? was it really president obama's idea? what are the facts? >> bob woodward's book about the budget-control act, and the debt ceiling talks are the best account of how this came to be. and according to that book, the idea was originally the white house's. they took the legislative language that had been there before -- >> bill: this is when -- if i can just --
include laying the ground work for a u.s./europe trade pack and stopping iran from getting a nuclear weapon. >> iron with a nuclear weapon in that region and given all that has happened is simply unacceptable. the window for a dib low mattic solution simply cannot by definition remain open forever. >> michael: back in the united states, jimmy carter has a different idea on whether negotiations can stop. >> i don't believe either of those countries is going to be suicidal off to use nuclear weapons. >> i wonder if kerry is actually listening. carter's comments came yesterday in san francisco. tonight's last eye that we have out stands for impasse, or at least the potential for one on gun reform. oklahoma republican senator tom coburn is making it painfully clear that background checks could stop a bill in its tracks. >> there will not be record keeping on legitimate law-abiding gun owners in this country, and if they want to eliminate the benefits of trying to prevent the sales to people who are mentally ill, all they have to do is have record keeping, and that
opinion. but it is the opinion of the u.s. supreme court. the court heard arguments on the 1965 voting rightest act that mandates that states with racial discrimination history get [ inaudible ]. justice scalia said quote . . . >> he added that congress only renewed it because it was politically expedient, saying even the name of it so wonderful, the voting's right act. who is going to vote against that. for the latest i'm joined by "huffington post" reporter ryan reilly. he joins us from washington, d.c. where he was in the court chambers today. it is always secretive in the supreme court. what was the scene inside the courtroom like today? >> it was pretty -- there was very -- sort of -- very pop -- you know, obviously the voting right's act is a very popular piece of legislation with a lot of civil right's groups, and it has had an enormous people with a lot of people, and prevented discrimination for nearly 50 years now. within the courtroom you had a lot of groups that support this legislation. i think it has been very effective in eliminating discrimi
that and letting the c.i.a. do open hits with guns and rifles in the u.s.? >> jennifer: and i think these are really important points that you have to have protocols you got to have structures and you got to protect the rights of american citizens, but to say that you couldn't be using drone shouldn't be using drones at all because of collateral damage. >> you get around the need of the long time it takes to get a war in. there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to set up something like that to have a check and balance here. >> jennifer: stephanie let me flip you back on the republican side. there are republicans like senator richard burr but really the fact that there is this fight on the left to get back to that question, don't you think that it assures that brennan is more likely to get confirmed by picking a lot of republican votes? >> i agree, and i also think that just jumping back to the gun argument it also helps news terms of the people who think they need guns to protect themselves from the government. so good luck against the drone with your ak-47. that's all i'm sayin
are willing to admit to. i believe there are many mother. you say 16,000. that's what the u.s. bishops are willing to admit to, but other scholars say that the numbers are more like 100,000. so i think this are many more victims. in terms of whether we should be hopeful for the church, my position is that i believe we have to be hopeful because so much is at risk. i mean, what's at risk is the safety of children. we know we can't undo what happened if a child's innocence is shattered but we can prevent the shattering from happening. that's what i hope church officials will do under the new regime, with the new pope. >> michael: i'm curious, barbara, before we let you go, where there is smoke there is also a new pope, there is also fire. with these allegations that i shouldn't say allegations, but rumors where benedict is stepping down? >> look, i don't think we're ever going to really ever be able to verify what the pope step down. i don't know if speculation is all that helpful. i do believe what is important to recognize is that he's stepping down, and it's important to recognize tha
done more. we have a former u.s. attorney general involved here. are sports and politics mixing more than it used to, or are the american people talking about it more. >> there has been a profound shift since 2008, and there is a whole chapter about penn state in the book. three huge events since 2008 that have totally taken sports and politics and turned them on their head, made the sports page really an irrelevant space to even talk about sports. the first is the economic crisis in 2008 and the way it's triggered four different lockouts in sports in the last year, and the way we talk about labor issues and unions in sports as much as we talk about who is winning and who is losing. i'm not saying that lebron james is going to be on the streets with a sign that says "will dunk for food." but this idea of corporate welfare, money and staid stadiums has been a discussion. >> john: and it made them care about unions for the very first time. >> for the very first time, and then they forgot. there are other issues as well. this is a movement that you saw during super bowl week, lgbt fight
and told u.s.a. today he will consider filibustering the nomination of brennan to head the c.i.a. that's an oddly reasonable request from an otherwise completely unreasonable person. we'll see if the white house gives in. >> next, the bipartisan bump heard round the world. president obama is known for his sitting fist bumps giving the greetings to kids, soldiers, his wife and even the white house custodian. before last night's state of the union address, republican mark kirk who just returned to the hill after suffering a stroke offered out his fist to the president and then it exploded. kabl ax m. either illinois produces the coolest senators or kids just love politics. it's about high time someone with real power stood up for the porched lawmaker. with no one in power willing to embarrass themselves, he's going to have to settle for brett. calm down, everyone, brett's talking now. >> hi. by now, eve all seen the marco rubio speech last night and when he paused to take a sip of water. >> false choices like the president laid out tonight. >> yes it's funny that he stopped for water but
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